Historic World War One airship station site up for sale in £4 million Aberdeenshire forestry deal
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A major forestry site which is up for sale in Aberdeenshire comes with a special extra, in the form of the remains of one of Scotland’s World War One military airship stations.
The former Lenabo Airship Station (also known as RNAS Longside) was first established in 1915 as a base for airships to patrol the North Sea and was part of the strategic network protecting the British coastline.
The station, at over 400 hectares (measuring 3km by 2.13km), was the second-largest in Scotland and at it peak use in 1918 had an establishment of 864 on site.
There were three airship sheds on site, the largest of which was a Rigid Airship Shed measuring 216m by 45m and 32m high.
The two smaller coastal airship sheds measured 98m by 34m and 24m high.
Technical buildings included a gas plant and workshops and a railway branch line was built from the main line to serve the air station.
The airship station closed in 1920 and most of the buildings were demolished but the main area covering nine hectares is classified as a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
The sale of the site is part of a 890-acre section of forest which has gone on the market through specialist agents Goldcrest Land and Forestry.
Lenabo Forest is marketed as an extremely productive, mixed aged commercial forest producing substantial timber reserves.
As a high class forest with impressive timber yields it is being sold with well established crops on productive, mineral soils.
At present there is a diverse age profile comprising restocking ground, young crops, mid rotation and mature crops, offering long-term investment
Freehold for Sale in two Lots or as a Whole - Lot 1 – 337.79 ha – Offers Over £3,650,000; Lot 2 – 22.19 ha – Offers Over £300,000 or as a whole for offers over £3,950,000.